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Squier earns 2 credentials

George Joseph (Joe) Squier was approved by the Certification Commission during an August review meeting to receive the Certified Emergency Manager credential.

Squier is the department manager at Harrison County Emergency Medical Services in Corydon.

The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers, which has in its membership more than 6,000 emergency managers representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

The new class of CEMs join the 3,128 other emergency managers who were approved for the designation since January of 1993, bringing the total number of Certified Emergency Managers to 3,150.

Squier also recently completed the International Designation Process that awards the professional designation of Chief EMS Officer.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing met Sept. 28 to confer the designation. Squier is one of only 152 CEMSOs worldwide.

The designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. In addition, applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CEMSO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing awards the designation only after an individual meets all of the organization’s criteria.

Achieving this designation signifies Squier’s commitment to his career in emergency services. He was previously designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the CPC in 2013 while employed as a battalion chief with the New Albany Fire Dept.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc., administers the designation program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.

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